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A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO SINGAPORE ANNOUNCED THAT IT WANTED TO TRANSFORM ITSELF INTO THE "BOSTON OF THE EAST" -- THE ULTIMATE HIGHER EDUCATION CAPITAL OF ASIA. As the island nation's education minister Teo Chee Hean put it at the time, the goal was to develop Singapore into a "knowledge economy", a place in which "intellectual capital is a prized resource". Building up the nation's universities was central to the goal. As was attracting foreign students to study in Singapore -- up to 150,000 of them. Now, it should be noted here straight away that there are about 60 academic institutions enrolling close to 400,000 students in the Boston area, including such heavyweights as Harvard and MIT. Singapore has only five universities. So becoming the Boston of anywhere, even the "Boston of the East", is going to be no easy feat. Furthermore, Sinagpore faces some tough competition -- South Korea, Taiwan, China and Japan have all been investing heavily in the education sector. Ditto for Malaysia. Nonetheless, it must be conceded: Singapore has a pretty advanced educational infastructure, and is brimming with fine universities and centers of learning. One university, the National University of Singapore, was recently named the third best in Asia, just behind the legendary Tokyo University. On top of that, the island is a funky little high-tech tropical paradise and is a great place to study and live. That is what this website is about -- it is for people who want to study and live in Singapore. It aims to list the major tertiary educational facilities on the island, how to get in contact with them, and to chronicle the latest Singaporean education news. It will also give you some practical information about living in Singapore, such as dealing with the heat and humidity, how to go about finding a house or apartment, and touch upon the excellent dining and nightlife scene on the island.

The latest 2002 survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) involving 60 economies, won Singapore the title of having the best business environment in Asia. The Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEF) also rated Singapore as the most competitive economy possessing great innovative ability and a solid macro economy in the world."

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THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT IS A BIG HELP IF YOU WANT TO GET A SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY INSIDE THE COUNTRY, OR EVEN OUTSIDE. In fact, the Singapore Government is a great help in developing or maintaining or expanding your business, as this A-G Corporate site demonstrates. Some of the Government grants available include:
Capability Development Scheme (CDS) sponsor your staff for media-related courses and overseas attachments.
CRAFT For Chefs (CRAFT) provides subsidised course for your chefs, cooks and other kitchen staff.
Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP) is a grant to train infocomm and key non-infocomm professionals in critical, emerging and specialised infocomm technologies.
Maritime Scholarship Scheme (JMSS) provides partial scholarships for your employees to attend full-time postgraduate programmes at local and foreign universities in the maritime industry.
Local Maritime Part-time Postgraduate Scholarship Programme (LMPS) is for your employees to attend part-time postgraduate programmes at local universities.
National Retail Scholarships Programme is to nominate promising existing or new employees for the National Retail Scholarship. Overseas Trainer Attachment Programme (OTAP) is for the maritime business so overseas trainers can be brought to conduct training for your staff.
Professional Conversion Programme - Registered Nurses Diploma In Nursing (Accelerated) is a grant to co-sponsor your employees for the Diploma in Nursing (Accelerated) course.
Training Assistance Scheme (TAS) is a grant for your companyfs general training and development needs.
WSQ Certificate In F&B Service are for the WSQ Certificate in F&B Service subsidised course.
WSQ Culinary Scholarships provides subsidies to send your cooks, chefs and kitchen staff for diploma courses.
Here, you will find a diverse population of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races, covering a wide spectrum of religions, cultures, and languages, living harmoniously together as one. The synergistic mix of ethnic groups offer international students a wide spectrum of choices for living and playing in Singapore.

AusEd-UniEd (Singapore)
Ministry of National Development Complex
7 Maxwell Road, #04-09 Annex B
Singapore (069111)
Tel: +65 6227 0385
Fax: +65 6227 0389
Email: Singapore@aused-unied.com

Closing date for both Scholarship Applications: 12 January 2007 before 5.00pm.

Offered by Jobs Factory, BrightSparks bills itself as "the top destination for scholarship, university and career research for JC students, top polytechnic graduates and top undergraduates." On top of that: "Scholarship and higher education providers have the unique opportunity via BrightSparks to reach out to Singapore's brightest students. 90% of all A Level students with 4As, top diploma graduates (Merit above) and top university undergraduates use BrightSparks for their career, education and scholarship research."

Goh Keng Swee Scholarship.
Says Get Scholarship: "The Goh Keng Swee Scholarship is a private scholarship set up by the Singapore financial community, and is administered by the Association of Banks in Singapore. The scholarship is awarded to 3-4 individuals from the Asia-Pacific region, who are of sound character and outstanding intellectual ability, for them to pursue undergraduate studies in approved areas so as to develop their potential as leaders in these fields. These scholarships are tenable only at local universities in Singapore..."

Joint Postgraduate Maritime Scholarship Scheme (JMSS).
Under the JMSS, maritime-related business entities or organizations registered or incorporated in Singapore, can nominate their promising employees to attend postgraduate maritime programmes in local or foreign universities under the joint sponsorship of Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the employers.
Each scholarship is tenable for up to one year at a local university offering full-time maritime courses related to shipping/maritime/port management, shipping economics, ship finance, marine insurance, maritime law, ship/offshore structure design and construction, and marine engineering and offshore structure technology.
Applicants may apply to study at an overseas university if the programme of study is not available at a local university...

Micron Scholarships Singapore.
Says the official website: "Why wait till you graduate, when you can start planning now to work for a world-class technology leader? Gain valuable industry experience through our highly sought after Industrial Attachment/Internship programs, while being mentored by some of the finest engineers in the industry. After graduation, continue to rise to even higher levels of accomplishment as part of our Micron team. Through quality training and an open attitude to new ideas, we will nurture your growth in becoming a successful professional.
"Are you ready to embark on this extraordinary journey? Start with the Micron Scholarship!
"As a Micron scholar, you will be a leader in your own right - a well-rounded individual who is consistently among the very best in your class, and currently pursuing a fulltime engineering degree in NTU/ NUS. Non-citizens may apply, but you must be ready to work at Micron Semiconductor Asia upon graduation..."

Singapore Airlines Scholarships.
Considered by some and at sometime the best airline company in the world, Singapore Airlines offers scholarships for students in Sinagpore and around the world. The airline offers between four and 12 scholarships a year, depending on the quality of the candidates. They are open to Singapore citizens and Singporean permanent residents. Scholarships granted will cover the entire undergraduate course of study including, if applicable, the Honours programme.
Their scholarships fall into four categories: open scholarship, engineering scholarship, the Mendaki undergraduate scholarship (for Muslims), and the SINDA undergraduate scholarship (for people of Indian descent.)

Traditional Chinese Medicine Scholarships.
As Kelvin Teh wrote on Asia One: "In a boost to the local Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) industry, global healthcare company Eu Yan Sang International awarded Singapore's TCM scholarship to two outstanding undergraduates -Ms Chew Siew Tiang and Ms Zhang Ruifen -from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Thursday.
"The NTU's Double Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and TCM encompasses a unique and innovative 'East Meets West' approach which exposes students to 21st century biomedical sciences as well as principles and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
"It consists of three years of study at the NTU School of Biological Sciences which equips students with fundamental biosciences knowledge and exposure to advances in life sciences.
"This is then followed by two years of study at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) incorporating TCM advanced principles and clinical training.
"Following which, the students will then graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science from NTU and a Bachelor of Medicine (Chinese Medicine) from the BUCM.
"The scholarship, a first for Singapore's TCM industry, was introduced to strengthen the nation's role as a regional TCM hub and to groom the next generation of TCM professionals.
"It is open to eligible undergraduates enrolled in NTU's Double Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and TCM.
"In a press release today, Mr Richard Eu - Group Chief Executive Officer of Eu Yan Sang - said the scholarship nurtures and develops talent in the field of Chinese Medicine by providing financial assistance to enable deserving undergraduates.
"'If Singapore is to achieve this goal and stake our claim in the fast-growing Complementary and Alternative Medicine market, industry players like ourselves need to provide opportunities to groom and develop the next generation of professionals,' he added.
"Both Ms Chew and Ms Zhang -- who will each receive $42,100 for the two-year scholarship -- are currently pursuing a 5-year double degree programme in BioMedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine at NTU.
"Having completed their first three years of study at the NTU, they will be embarking on the second phase of their degree programme in Beijng later this year.
"Once graduated, they will join Eu Yan Sang as TCM physicians after obtaining their practising licences..."


NTU has 4 colleges, comprising 12 schools. The College of Engineering, with six schools focused on technology innovation, enjoys wide renown and currently ranks fourth in the world in engineering publications. The College of Science is at the forefront of Singapore's life sciences and science initiatives, while the Nanyang Business School (which is the College of Business) offers one of the world's top 100 MBA programmes. The College of Humanities and Arts boasts Singapore's first professional art school offering degree courses in art, design and interactive digital media, the Humanities and Social Science School, and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, one of the best communication and information schools in Asia.
The 13th school, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, will be inaugurated in 2007. An important component of this autonomous school is the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, long recognised as a world authority on terrorism.
NTU is also home to the internationally-acclaimed National Institute of Education, Singapore's only teacher-training institute.
The 200-ha residential campus, located in the south-western part of Singapore, was originally developed by the Chinese community for a Chinese language university, Nanyang University in 1955. The university was established with donations from people from all walks of life and of all ethnicities in the region. In 1981, Nanyang Technological Institute was established on this campus to educate engineers for the rapidly developing Singapore economy. In 1991, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was inaugurated and in April 2006, NTU was corporatised as an autonomous university.
Focused on grooming global leaders ready for success in the high-tech economy of the 21st century, NTU launched The New Undergraduate Experience in 2003 to provide students a strong, broad academic foundation, professional preparation, global immersion and an unforgettable campus experience. While NTU's broad-based education that covers science and technology, business and the arts, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, prepare students for the global working world, its students also hone their leadership skills through residential living and self-governance. Not surprisingly, graduates of the university are sought-after and well-paid.
Strong international relationships and collaboration programmes is also a hallmark of the university. This includes the Singapore-MIT Alliance, Singapore-Stanford Partnership, Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management, Singapore-University of Washington Alliance in Bioengineering and in Financial Engineering with Carnegie Mellon University. NTU has also in place Global Immersion Programmes (GIP) with Peking University, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, University of Washington and Georgia Institute of Technology, universities in France, Sweden, Switzerland, and soon, India. GIP, which offers an exceptional multi-country experience of language, culture, industry and entrepreneurship, will cover 13 cities in five countries by 2006.

National University of Singapore (NUS): 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077.
Phone: (65)6516 6666. Web: website here. Email: qsmanager@nus.edu.sg.
Image copyright NUS The National University of Singapore (NUS) was recently named one of the top three global universities in Asia and Australasia by international magazine Newsweek. Worldwide, NUS is now ranked in 31st place.
Scholarships available here include:
o Donated Scholarships
o NUS Undergraduate Scholarship
o AEH-EARN Scholarships
NUS President Professor Shih Choon Fong said that the latest ranking was in recognition of the University's pursuit of global excellence in education and research, which is attributed to our culture of imagination, openness and courage. "This is a call to further raise Singapore's reputation and visibility in the global education landscape," he added.
NUS has 13 faculties offering a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. It also enjoys a close teaching-research nexus with 13 national-level, 12 university-level and 80 faculty-based research institutes and centres. These include a music conservatory. Currently, it has five overseas colleges at major entrepreneurial hubs in Silicon Valley, Bio Valley, Shanghai, Stockholm and Bangalore. A total of 22,000 undergraduate and more than 6,000 graduate students from 80 countries are enrolled at the university.
The NUS degree is internationally recognised... the highest degree conferred by the university being the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Other courses include Dentistry, Electronic Commerce, Environmental Management, Law, and Public Management. NUS also provides special programmes with leading international tertiary institutions like MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins.
Together with the with the Singapore Management University [SMU], NSU has a student exchange program with the Nanyang Technological University [NTU. Each university may send up to 20 students annually for one semester at the other two universities.

Singapore Management University (SMU): 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065.
Phone: (65)6828 0100. Web: website here.
This is one of the newest universities in Singapore, riding on the back of the island nation's plans to become an educational superpower. According to the university's website: "Today, SMU is home to over 3,800 students and comprises four schools: Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Accountancy, School of Economics & Social Sciences and School of Information Systems. With respect to the development of the School of Information Systems, IT-renowned Carnegie Mellon University is playing a strategic partnership role in conjunction with SMU.
"SMU offers bachelor's degree programmes in Business Management, Accountancy, Economics, Information Systems Management and Social Science. The university offers master's degree programmes in Wealth Management, Applied Finance, Professional Accounting, Applied Economics and in Economics and Finance (by research). The university will continue to introduce new master's programmes and there will also be development of a university-wide PhD programme. SMU also has a dedicated Office of Research and provides public and customised programmes through Executive Education.

University of New South Wales Asia (UNSWAsia): Changi.
This, the first private university in Singapore, is scheduled to open in 2007. Applications for enrolment are now open. As the name suggests, the university was established by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia's finest universities.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand -- UNSW Asia will become the first foreign-owned university in Asia, and will become the fifth university in Singapore. Undergraduates may pursue a single major or a double major program, which includes Science/Commerce, Science/Media, Science/International Studies, Commerce/International Studies, Commerce/Media, International Studies/Media, Engineering/Commerce and Engineering/International Studies. Other programs may be added by the university in due course, such as those in medical sciences and health administration."
Students will graduate from UNSW with an identical testamur to those completing programs at the UNSW Sydney campus.
UNSW Asia aims to establish a high international profile by allocating at least 70% of its intake to non-Singaporeans. Applications are expected to be open in January 2006 for the pioneering batch of about 500 to 600 students, and will begin classes in March 2007. Prior to that, however, the university will commence a 40-week Foundation Studies program [1] in January 2006 as an independent pre-university course for prospective students, including a course in the English language. Open only to non-Singaporean students, it will initially offer courses in commerce and the physical sciences. Successful completion of the course will guarantee a place in UNSW Asia, although they may also apply to enter the Australian campuses.
The university expects to have a full student population of about 15,000 after 15 to 20 years.

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All too true, but that may be changing, according to the Business Standard's own story. It seems to be changing, in part due to the tremendous marketing exercise Singapore is currently employing in India. As Kulkarni elaborates: "The government of Singapore is promoting its various higher secondary colleges and institutions across Indian metros and other large cities. Over three years, the number of Indian students opting for studies in Singapore has surged. One of the reasons has been that more Indian families have been settling in Singapore.
"A delegation of Singapore-based educational institutions visited India's educational hub Pune, recently. The group interacted with schools, colleges and a large number of students to promote Singapore as an education hub.
"Speaking to Business Standard, Han Yee Joseph, associate director, ICS International, Singapore's leading college said: 'Singapore is very near to India. Students can reach Indian within six hours. The cost of education and cost of living are at least 30 per cent less than in the UK or US. All this makes Singapore a very attractive destination for Indian students.'
"Last year, more than 800,000 international students registered themselves with various Singapore schools that provide education in a variety of streams like science, arts, management, tourism and hospitality, information technology and business development.
"'Currently, only 4 per cent of overall international students in Singapore are from India, but the number is rising. In another three years, we expect to have more than 10 per cent of international students in Singapore coming from India,' Joseph added..."

Just as Singaporean PR teams are rushing to India to promote their wares, so are Indian institutions flocking to Singapore. Establishments like the Delhi Public School, Bhavan's Global Indian International School and SP Jain Institute of Management have set up campuses in Singapore.
If you are an Indian interested in getting a scholarship in Singapore, here are some of your options:

Global Indian International School (GIF): SIA Youth Scholarships, C/o Robinson Road, P.O. Box 746, Singapore-901446. Phone: (65)6508 3700. Fax: (65)6508 3720. Web: website here. Email: fees@sg.globalindianschool.org.
The Global Indian Foundation, in partnership with community, individual and corporate donors, offers a variety of scholarships to students in the GIF Schools.
1. Full Tuition Scholarships (Singapore Prepaid)
Students may apply for these scholarships in middle and high school. They may receive a scholarship as long as they meet criteria. Singapore Prepaid Tuition Scholarship Program provides incentive to needy students in grades 7-11. A donor's gift is matched, one to one, by the Singapore Prepaid Scholarship Foundation.
Three types of tuition scholarships are available through Singapore Prepaid:

2 year High school scholarship (Grade 9 and 10)
2 year Junior College scholarship (Grade 11 & 12) or
4-year university scholarship (by NUS & NTU).

Each scholarship recipient is selected through a competitive application process by the universities. The Foundation's Scholarship and Mentoring Programs work hand-in-hand to ensure that each recipient reaches the goal of a college education. The Global Indian Foundation administers the Take Stock in Children scholarship/mentoring program that offers a number of Singapore Prepaid Tuition scholarships every year. These scholarship students will be entered into the scholarship program and matched with a mentor. Students are tracked by Foundation staff throughout their school career to ensure they follow the scholarship guidelines of staying in school and maintaining good grades.
2. Cash Scholarships for Graduating Students
Global Indian Foundation is able to offer a number of cash scholarships to graduating students thanks to the generosity of local individual donors as well as social and civic groups. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3,000 and will help students with future's educational expenses. Students are urged to log on to the GIF website and apply on-line. Hundreds of students will reap the benefits of scholarship assistance:
3. Vocational School Scholarships (INVEST)
A new initiative of the Global Indian Foundation is establishing vocational scholarships or INVEST: Initiative for Vocational Education Scholarships and Training. Scholarships for vocational education give high school graduates the option to pursue post secondary education: Graduates trained at vocational/technical schools are in high demand in todayfs job market:
A college degree no longer is the only guarantee of a securing a lucrative job:
4. GIF Employee Skills Development Scholarships The Global Indian Foundation is able to offer skills development scholarships to GIF employees who are finishing a degree in education, or are taking coursework required in order to obtain a teaching certificate. GIF collaborates with corporate donors and community personnel in order to facilitate this unique scholarship opportunity for future teachers.

Singapore Airlines (SIA): SIA Youth Scholarships, C/o Robinson Road, P.O. Box 746, Singapore-901446. Web: website here.
According to the Indian Scholarships Guide: "Singapore Airlines offers scholarships for a 2-years pre-university course in top junior colleges in Singapore. Studies will lead to the Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level), which is an internationally recognised qualification...
"Terms of Award: The scholarships will provide a maintenance allowance of S$ 2400 per annum, an accommodation and setting-in allowance, subsidized medical benefits, school and examination fees, air passage at the beginning and end of the scholarship term.
"Who Can Apply: Students who are Indian nationals, completing Standard 10 in the year when applications are invited, are eligible to apply. Applicants should possess an outstanding academic track record (at least an average of 85%) with English as first language in the Standard 10 State/National examinations.
"How to Apply: Detech and fill in the form as per advertisement. Place it above certified true copies of the following documents in the order indicated.

"Certified copy of Standard 10 National/State examination result slip.
"A curriculum vitae (not exceeding one page) with your full name, mailing address and a summary of major achievements (please indicate if you have been shortlisted for the NTS interview.)
"Certified copy of school examination results for Class 8, 9 and 10.
"Achievements/awards won and participation in extra-curricular activities in Class 8, 9 and 10.

Selection Tests & Interviews: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to sit for selection tests in India in September. Candidates will then be further shortlisted for an interview in India in October..."

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Little India, Singapore, photo taken by Rob Sullivan Jan 2003 IN THE OCTOBER 2004 EDITION OF SINGAPORE BUSINESS REVIEW, DAMIEN DUHAMEL WROTE: "In less than 10 years, Singapore has made very significant inroads in the lucrative and strategic education sector, which accounts for about 2.2 percent of Singapore's GDP. (Ed.'s Note: The Government's goal is to reach five per cent.) John Hopkins Singapore was set up in 1998 and INSEAD opened a US$60 million (S$102.8 million) campus in 2000 while the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB) was the first leading US business school to have a permanent campus in Asia offering an executive MBA programme. The National University of Singapore (NUS) has partnered with Georgia Institute ofTechnology to set up the Logistics Institute Asia Pacific and its NUS Extension, which is geared towards fulfilling the tertiary needs of post-graduates and professionals, has also formed alliances with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of California, San Diego in the past year. There are even more projects in the pipeline. In April this year, the EDB announced that the University of New South Wales is to set up the first foreign private university in Singapore. The campus will open in 2007 and will have acapacity of 15,000 students. At the same time the Singapore Management University is building a new and much larger campus right in the city centre to cater to a boom in both local and overseas student applications. The new campus will have a capacity of about 8,000 students and is geared to open by the middle of next year. Singapore becoming a powerhouse in education services? If the continued stream of foreign students flocking in is anything to go by, we can only assume that Singapore must be doing something right. The country has made tremendous progress in attracting some of the region's top talent, with about 51,000 foreign students, and there are plans to double this figure by 2010. In contrast, the vast Australian continent only has about 150,000 overseas students. Growth year on year is reaching approximately six percent and a recent study completed by Synovate Business Consulting indicates that it will accelerate post 2005 to reach 10 percent. It is clear that Singapore will eventually have the potential to cater to more than 150,000 full fee paying students. Certainly, demand for quality education in the region abounds. Globally, there are already two million international students pursuing higher education abroad. Close to half ofthese students come from Asia; with China, Korea, Malaysia,India and Japan as the top five sources. South East Asia is also seeing a growing number of students from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Demand for quality higher education is growing together with disposable income and the expanding middle class in Asia..."

Petronas Scholarship for Undergraduate Study December 5, 2008 Petronas Scholarship for Undergraduate Study The application for Undergraduate Programmes is open. Deadline for July 2009 intake is on the 3rd of March 2009. From Ahablogging: "The Government of Indonesia through its Oil and Gas Department or MIGAS and The National Education Department or Depdiknas in collaboration with Petronas is offering full time scholarships for studies in Malaysia towards the following degrees :

"1. Electrical & Electronic Engineering
"2. Mechanical Engineering
"3. Chemical Engineering
"4. Civil Engineering
"5. Petroleum Engineering

1. Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
"2. Business Information System (BIS)"

General selection criteria are as follows; 1. Age Not exceeding 23 years old on date of application 2. Marital Status Single 3. Academic Qualification Must have passed High School Level Examination (GCE OfLevel/ SMA equivalent), and / or Tes Potensi Akademik from major universities in Indonesia 4. Language Proficiency Good command of English (oral & written) 5. Course of Study To follow any one of the above courses offered by Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) The scholarships are offered to students to further their education and upon completion to serve either with Petronas or the Government of Indonesia in any of the designated departments, subsidiaries, companies, organizations or institutions for a period to be agreed upon. Kindly download and complete the UTP Application Form (attached in this email) which can be obtained from the website at www.utp.edu.my, completed application form need to be submitted with your latest (non returnable) passport size photograph together with your contact number, address, curriculum vitae and relevant copies of full academic report to: Petronas Representative Office Indonesia Level 27, Citibank Tower Bapindo Plaza Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 54-55 Jakarta 12190 Regards, Desi Dwistratanti Sumadio Msc IT - Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (Research area: HCI, virtual reality, augmented reality in education) Beasiswa Singapura: The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) The Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) is a collaboration between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). PhD training will be carried out in English at your chosen lab at A*STAR Research Institutes, NUS or NTU. Students will be supervised by distinguished and world-renowned researchers in these labs. Upon successful completion, students will be conferred a PhD degree by either NUS or NTU. gWe want to encourage more such exchanges, to build friendships and mutual understanding. This is why we are introducing a new Singapore International Graduate Award (or SINGA), for international students to do their PhD training in a multi-disciplinary environment in Singapore. 240 SINGA Awards will be given every year to top students from all over the world. I hope that this will enhance the close educational ties between our countries and will bring our young talents even closer together.h Extracted from Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong`s speech at the Honorary Doctorate Degree Conferment Ceremony, Eotvos Lorand University, 9 October 2007, Budapest, Hungary ELIGIBILITY * Open to all international students * Graduates with a passion for research and excellent academic results * Good skills in written and spoken English * Good reports from academic referees AWARD TERMS * Attractive monthly stipend over 4 years of PhD studies, which can support you comfortably. The stipend amount is SGD 24,000 annually, to be increased to SGD 30,000 after passing Qualifying Examination. * Full support for tuition fees for 4 years of PhD studies. * One-time SGD 1,000 Settling-in Allowance * One-time Airfare Grant of SGD 1,500 Estimated cost of living in Singapore Items Per Student Per Month (SGD) Food - University Canteens - Meals outside Campus 200 - 300 440 - 525 Accommodation - rental of a hostel room / room outside campus 225 - 400 Transport Expenses (local) 100 - 150 Other Expenses (stationery, toiletries, laundry, recreation, etc) 300 - 500 Total Estimated Cost of Living 1,100 - 1,700 * 1 USD is about 1.4 SGD HOW TO APPLY Application for January 2009 intake has closed. Click here to apply for August 2009 intake. The application deadline for August 2009 intake is 1 January 2009. Completed application and supporting documents will have to reach us by mail then. Incomplete applications and new applications received after 1 January 2009 will be considered for January 2010 intake. All supporting documents are to be submitted by post to: Attention: Jeremy Ng A*STAR Graduate Academy Agency for Science, Technology and Research 20 Biopolis Way, #07-01 Centros Singapore 138668 Please check and ensure that all data you have entered in the online form is correct and accurate before you submit the online application. Amendments to the online application will not be possible after it is submitted. In addition, amendments on the hardcopy of the application form will not be included and will render the application invalid. You may download the Academic Referee`s Recommendation Form here. Only short-listed candidates will be notified within 2 months from the application closing date. For more information please visit: https://www.singa.a-star.edu.sg/theaward.php Tags: Award, Awards, business, Campus, Degree, Doctor, download, education, Engineering, International, offer, Office, school, student, training, university, University Scholarship, University Scholarship, website, world Related posts Alpha Five meets AJAX 2009 (0) Axialis IconWorkshop v6.32 PE (0) Surfers prefer organic SEO 5 to 1 over PPC advertising (0) Mary Antoinette Rivero Lost In Womenfs 57-67 kg Match (0) Science in the 21st Century: Science, Society, and Information Technology (0) Written by Aha Bloger · Filed Under University Scholarship "Singapore's aspiration to become the "Boston of Asia" will not be so easy. Boston, after all, started its academic quest in 1636. And the structural problems are formidable. Some, such as commitments to academic freedom and diversification, are attainable. Others, such as size, are more difficult, although regional consortia may be a partial answer..."

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CULTURE SHOCK AFFECTS AND AFFLICTS THE BEST OF US, AND IS IN FACT, A SIGN THAT YOU ARE LEARNING TO ADJUST TO A NEW CULTURE AND SOCIETY AND A NEW WAY OF BEING. Culture shock is something which should be worked through gradually, and serenely -- don't go flying for the door, but rather work through your homesickness in the Zen fashion (ie, by doing nothing). On her website, Julia Ferguson has this to say about culture shock (and how to beat it):

Almost everyone who studies, lives or works abroad experiences some degree of culture shock.
This period of cultural adjustment involves everything from getting used to the food and language to learning how to use the telephone. No matter how patient and flexible you are, adjusting to a new culture can, at times, be difficult and frustrating.
It is easy to get lost, depressed and homesick. You may even want to go back home!
Don't panicE½cthese are all totally normal reactions and you are not alone. Sometimes it is hard to remember why you decided to leave home. You are on an adventure - a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn - but it does not always seem that way. Although you cannot avoid culture shock entirely, we have a number of tips that will help you get through difficult moments:
* Start a journal of the new things you come across every day and your reactions to your new home. Writing things down will help you keep them in perspective, and are funny to look back on!
* Never confuse your ability to speak the new language with your intelligence; it is easy to feel stupid and get down on yourself, but there is no reason to. It takes everyone some time to adjust and become comfortable with a new language.
* Be physically active! Walk, swim, run, play tennis or do some other physical activity you enjoy often. You will feel better, meet new people and keep in shape.
* Keep your sense of humour. Try, no matter how hard it is, to see something of value in every new experience and challenge you come across. Laugh now, not just later!
*Take advantage of services that your university, church or community offer. Contact a counsellor at the International Students Office, a resident advisor if you live in residence halls, someone at your churchE½c. If you are having a problem with something, tell someone! They will want to help you, and you will feel a lot better having people to support you. Don't be afraid to speak up.
Adjusting to a new culture can be difficult and frustrating, but it can also be a wonderful, thought provoking time of your life during which you will grow as a person. Living in a foreign country will open new doors, introduce you to new ways of thinking, and give you the opportunity to make life-long friends.
REMEMBER: all international students share in what you are going through; you are not alone. Even more importantly, it is only a matter of time before you are adjusted and comfortable in your new home.
Keep smiling!

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